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naturalize

[ nach-er-uh-lahyz, nach-ruh- ]
/ 藞n忙t蕛 蓹r 蓹藢la瑟z, 藞n忙t蕛 r蓹- /
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verb (used with object), nat路u路ral路ized, nat路u路ral路iz路ing.
verb (used without object), nat路u路ral路ized, nat路u路ral路iz路ing.
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Also especially British, nat路u路ral路ise .

Origin of naturalize

First recorded in 1585鈥95; natural + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM naturalize

nat路u路ral路i路za路tion, nounnat路u路ral路iz路er, nounun路nat路u路ral路ize, verb (used with object), un路nat路u路ral路ized, un路nat路u路ral路iz路ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for naturalize

naturalize

naturalise

/ (藞n忙t蕛r蓹藢la瑟z, -t蕛蓹r蓹-) /

verb
(tr) to give citizenship to (a person of foreign birth)
to be or cause to be adopted in another place, as a word, custom, etc
(tr) to introduce (a plant or animal from another region) and cause it to adapt to local conditions
(intr) (of a plant or animal) to adapt successfully to a foreign environment and spread there
(tr) to explain (something unusual) with reference to nature, excluding the supernatural
(tr) to make natural or more lifelike

Derived forms of naturalize

naturalization or naturalisation, noun
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Scientific definitions for naturalize

naturalize
[ n膬ch蓹r-蓹-l墨z鈥 ]

To establish a nonnative species in a region where it is able to reproduce successfully and live alongside native species in the wild. Naturalized species may be introduced intentionally or unintentionally. Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia but have become naturalized in many other parts of the world.
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